First Amendment Protection and Support for Deputy DA Selyem
Deputy DA and retired Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Selyem has dedicated the last 20 years of his career to public service. Most recently, he was the Lead Attorney in the Hardcore Gang and Career Criminal unit where he worked diligently with law enforcement and advocated justice for those who no longer had a voice. Recently, Deputy DA Selyem exercised his First Amendment rights involving a political post. The post was grossly distorted and maliciously distributed among his colleagues and the media. This created a national firestorm in which Deputy DA Selyem was unfairly characterized as biased and no longer able to do his job. His reputation was destroyed and Mr. Selyem was consequently put on administrative leave. In the United States, public employees have forever enjoyed heightened first amendment protection for speech that involves “matters of public concern.” The social media post at issue falls under this large and protected area of free speech. Due to a pending investigation, Mr. Selyem is unable to speak about the matter and cannot defend his speech or his reputation. Please support Deputy DA Selyem by signing this petition.